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Alts Looking Good After Utility Sector Disappoints

For advisors who manage portfolio risk by overweighting non-cyclical sectors, 2012 has been a painful year as the Utility sector has been surprisingly volatile. The year, however, illustrates why advisors may want to consider cushioning risk by using alternative investments or funds that use a combination of short positions and traditional long positions.

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Superstorm Sandy Reveals How Niche Marketing Can Help Advisors

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The aftermath of Super storm Sandy is illustrating how individuals and families with vacation homes need specialized financial planning and quality information on insurance and other matters. In doing so, the storm also highlighted how advisors have untapped opportunities among niche markets, including owners of vacation homes.

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How to Plan for the Fiscal Cliff?

Fears over the euro-zone debt crisis have become second fiddle to growing concerns over the upcoming fiscal cliff, which threatens to increase taxes and create substantial government spending cuts, both of which may push the country back into a recession. For financial advisors, however, helping individuals develop strategies to lessen tax pain in 2013 can be a powerful prospecting and client retention tool.

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